Sometimes in life there are key phrases or perspectives that help me stay consistent with who I want to be and how I want to conduct myself. I had the opportunity to share one such phrase with a friend this past weekend and thought I’d share it with you all as well…
“You can act your way into a feeling much quicker than you can feel your way into an action”.
I learned this phrase from a sermon several years ago and I’m so grateful it stayed with me! The premise is simple, rather that waiting to feel like doing something, I can put feet towards the action that I know is good/right/best and often times the feelings come afterwards.
Case in point: exercise. Rare is the day that I feel like working out, especially if it means choosing between sleeping or eating! Yet about 10 minutes into my workout, the feelings start catching up, and I remember why I like to exercise. By the end of the workout, my heart-rate is up and I’m feeling great; a better result than waiting for an overwhelming desire to burn calories based on my emotions (i.e. never working out).
The truth is, our emotions don’t need to rule us. Allowing my feelings to dictate what I do and how I respond to people or circumstances is a foolish choice, and something I can exercise (no pun intended) control over.
Thus… listening to my own advice… I bid you adieu to complete some pending homework assignments, as much as I don’t feel like it.